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Monahan power-play goal gives Flames win over Devils, 3-1

Flames score twice in third period, end Devils' 4-game winning streak
Tom Canavan, The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. - The Calgary Flames used another comeback to get back into a playoff spot and make the New Jersey Devils' post-season chances that much bleaker.

Sean Monahan scored a power-play goal 35 seconds into the third period and the Flames beat the Devils 3-1 on Wednesday night to move into a Western Conference wild-card spot.

Blackhawks' Kane has surgery for broken left clavicle

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has surgery for broken left collarbone
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Blackhawks star Patrick Kane had surgery Wednesday to repair a broken left collarbone, likely sidelining the dynamic forward for the rest of the season unless Chicago makes another deep run in the playoffs.

Team physician Dr. Michael Terry and Dr. Bradley Merk performed the surgery, and Terry said a full recovery will take "approximately 12 weeks."

IOC on Rio: 'Progress,' but games entering 'intense' period

IOC on Rio: 'Progress,' but games entering 'intense' period ahead of opening in 2016
Stephen Wade, The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO - The head of the IOC inspection team wrapping up a three-day tour of venues for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro said Wednesday her team was encouraged by progress ahead of South America's first Olympics.

Just under a year ago, a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee had described Rio's preparations as the "worst" in memory.

"We were impressed by the progress being made on the venues," said Nawal El Moutawakel, head of the inspection team.

IOC on Rio: 'Progress,' but games entering 'intense' period

IOC on Rio: 'Progress,' but games entering 'intense' period ahead of opening in 2016
Stephen Wade, The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO - The head of the IOC inspection team wrapping up a three-day tour of venues for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro said Wednesday her team was encouraged by progress ahead of South America's first Olympics.

Just under a year ago, a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee had described Rio's preparations as the "worst" in memory.

"We were impressed by the progress being made on the venues," said Nawal El Moutawakel, head of the inspection team.

Rio officials probe source of fish die-off in Olympic waters

Brazil officials probe source of fish die-off in Rio de Janeiro Olympic waters
Jenny Barchfield, The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year's Olympics.

Rio officials probe source of fish die-off in Olympic waters

Brazil officials probe source of fish die-off in Rio de Janeiro Olympic waters
Jenny Barchfield, The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year's Olympics.

IOC head quizzed about water shortages in Rio, golf course

IOC head quizzed about water shortages in Rio, and reason for golf course and canoeing venues
Stephen Wade, The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO - IOC President Thomas Bach was pressed Wednesday about the severe water shortages in Brazil by a group of 100 university students during a town hall meeting.

Bach was asked repeatedly to justify building a golf course and a canoeing venue for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Southeastern Brazil, which includes Rio, is going through the worst drought in 80 years.

UEFA wants latest possible World Cup final date in Qatar

UEFA wants latest possible World Cup final in Qatar to protect dates for its own qualifiers
The Associated Press

NYON, Switzerland - UEFA supports playing the 2022 World Cup final on Dec. 23 to help protect international qualifying matches in its own competitions.

Earlier Wednesday, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke revealed UEFA made the final date proposal which has angered British football officials, who feel it threatens their traditional Christmas holiday program.

Ireland wins 2nd win in a row at Cricket World Cup

Ireland wins 2nd in a row at Cricket World Cup in close tussle with United Arab Emirates
Dennis Passa, The Associated Press

BRISBANE, Australia - A four-wicket victory over a more-fancied West Indies to open its Cricket World Cup campaign seemed relatively easy after Ireland's tight two-wicket win over a team it was expected to beat on Wednesday.

Gary Wilson struck 80 from 69 balls in a late-innings burst to help the Irish edge the United Arab Emirates by two wickets with four balls to spare.

Justice Dept.: No US charges in Trayvon Martin Death

Justice Department: George Zimmerman will not face federal charges in death of Trayvon Martin
Jennifer Kay And Eric Tucker, The Associated Press

MIAMI - George Zimmerman, the former neighbourhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

The decision resolves a case that focused public attention on self-defence gun laws and became a flashpoint in the national conversation about race two years before the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting of a black man. .

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